Good. Item #5640
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1836 (Vol. 1) and 1837 (Vol. 2). First Edition. This set belonged to journalist and language expert William Safire.
Octavo; Vol 1: 426pp, Vol 2: 440pp +36pp adverts. Vol 1 with fold-out facsimile of General Montgomery's Answer to James Duane and Vol 2 with frontis portrait of Theodosia Burr Alston with tissue guard. Frontis missing in Vol 1.
Volumes rebound in blue leather with red title labels on spine. The original title labels have been Scotch taped to the front free endpapers of each volume. Covers are clean and bright with no rubbing. Corners are square and binding is tight. Volume 1 appears to have been damaged by a critter prior to being rebound, the lower left and right corners of the first 60 pages have signs of scratching and teeth marks with some portions missing. Bottom 1/3 missing from first two blank pages. None of the above involving text. Frontispiece in Volume 2 is present and pages are clean and unmarked. An illegible name in black ink with the date 1930 is written on the front flyleaf of both volumes. Other previous owner's names written in pencil. Some foxing. [Final Howes D128].